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Here are the Most Popular Sex Hotspots and Escort Services in Jakarta

BY GLOBAL INDONESIA VOICE

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Photo at Fable Club, taken from The Honeycombers website

Greater Jakarta is a place where one can find a considerable potential for escort services and sex hotspots. Jakarta has a number of un-marketed red light districts that are popular among the expat communities.

Low cost of living and the immense potential for tourism is attracting a large number of high-income  expats to Indonesia. In 2012, Indonesia is a host to about 55,010 expats and the figures are on the rise as more people are encouraged to take advantage of the booming economy. The increased presence of expats in the country has served as a root cause for sprouting entertainment businesses such as clubs, bars, restaurants and apartments.

Moreover, the appreciation of nightlife in Western culture and an open attitude towards dating, relationships and sexual services is taken as business opportunity. Expats fond of partying can find entertainment places in different parts of the city.

Popular Places with ‘Red Light Activities’ in Jakarta

There are plenty of popular places with ‘red light activities’ in Jakarta. Clubs, cafes and ‘Ayam’ bars are spots pursued by the 20,000 of prostitutes in Jakarta. Popularly visited places for partying in South Jakarta include Blok M, Kemang, Senayan, Gatot Subroto, Rasuna Said and Sudirman Street (Gold Triangle). Places in Central Jakarta include Menteng, Sarinah and Plaza Indonesia.

Jalan Falatehan in Blok M area is mostly visited by older American and English expats. Quite near to Blok M is an area called ‘Little Tokyo’, a larger red light area that caters more specifically to Japanese and Koreans. Bars that are popular in Blok M include Top Gun, Oscar, My Bar, Highway to Elle, and Bar M.

In North Jakarta, there are several red light districts, including Pecenongan, Kota, Lokasari, Gajah Mada, Ancol, and Hayam Wuruk. North Jakarta caters to locals and expats alike and may even be referred as the biggest red light area in the world. Most clubs located in North Jakarta have prostitutes who are readily available.

Kota, an old Jakarta city centre, has a nightlife that brings a wide array of entertainment options under the same roof but it is known for another reason as well. Some say that the top prostitutes or the most beautiful ones can be found here, in places like the Golden Crown, Sun City, Alexis, and Malioboro. These places even have ‘imported girls’ and have prostitutes of different nationalities.

Ancol and Bongkaran are other red light areas in Jakarta known for cheap prostitution. Owing to the low cost of places to live in, Bongkaran has about 300 prostitutes living in the area and enjoys an influx of customers each day. Other places can include Pluit, Taman Anggrek and Permata Hijau.

Prostitute,  An old Occupation

Prostitutes are commonly found in Blok M, North Jakarta and hotel bars. Some say that if you are in Jakarta and witness girls seated on the back of a scooter during odd hours at night, you may have spotted a high school sex worker. Local stories give an insight to the lives of the girls involved in this trade. One such story is that of Diane Sukagoni, 24 and a mother of two. Diane came to Jakarta from her village in West Java to earn for the family after her husband left her. She sits each day at a café in Rawa Bebek, waiting for customers who visit the area looking for cheap sex. This is just a sample story from one person, and they would be more.

In contrary to popular belief, prostitution in Indonesia is not simply due to sex tourism. One of the world’s oldest occupations, prostitution is common among all classes of Indonesians. With only a handful of clubs being an exception, girls who come across are usually prostitutes, whether on contract or on freelance. Underage and attractive girls in Jakarta have become an easy find which is a major motivator for the consistency in the existence of sex hotspots in the city. Recently, popular social media networking site, Facebook has been used for marketing of the service as well.

The Dual Approach

Prostitution is illegal in Indonesia. However, being a major attraction, curbing the practice, taking strict action against it or making a serious effort to put an end to prostitution require lots of hard work. There is a notion that law enforcers are not doing enough enforcement, because it can turn out to be a hurdle to the bread and butter of many residents.

Nonetheless, raids are conducted on spots known for covert prostitution such as brothels and cheap hotels but not luxury hotels, bars, underground casinos and expensive spots (reference).

Nevertheless, it only requires a little navigation to find this kind of service in the city. The deep rooted practice has been hard to curb but the growing cases of HIV/AIDs, human trafficking, abortions and child prostitutions put a disturbing color to the picture. When each course of action has its set of challenges, taking a firm stand towards implementation has seen more indecision rather than real solution. They key challenge is probably to control the sex industry, so as not to exert too much damage to the economy and society.

 

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